Double Oscar winner Tom Hanks could be in line for another nomination in 2020, at least according to Irish bookmaker Paddy Power. His latest project A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is rated as the 9/1 joint fifth favourite to scoop the Best Picture Oscar, at the same price as Jojo Rabbit starring Scarlett Johansson and just behind Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood(7/1).
Hanks, who won Best Actor for his roles in Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994) has also earned three other Oscar nominations, the latest being for Cast Away in 2001, and is one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars, as well as being almost universally popular with audiences.
To add to the heart-warming potential, the movie itself is based around an equally-beloved US television presenter, Fred Rogers, who created and fronted the successful children’s show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood which ran from 1968 to 2001. It is drawn from a 1998 interview with Rogers in Esquire magazine, and the screenplay originally appeared on the Black List of best unproduced screenplays back in 2013, which won’t have escaped the notice of Oscars punters.
Directed by a rising star of the movie business, Marielle Heller, it also features critically-acclaimed Welsh actor Matthew Rhys and Chris Cooper, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the 2001 film Adaptation and is set to be released at the end of November.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood certainly has good Oscar credentials, although there is a danger that it could be crowded out by some of the higher profile movies ahead of it in the betting, including the 3/1 favourite The Irishman directed by Martin Scorcese and starring Al Pacino, Robert de Niro and Joe Pesci. Tarantino’s Manson-murders tale Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which includes Leonardo di Caprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Damian Lewis is also likely to attract plenty of support, while political thrillers The Laundromat (4/1) and The Last Thing He Wanted (6/1) also look like being lively contenders at this early stage.